Re: Why All the Absurd Circumnavigation Threads?
When I was a child I set out to explore. No real goal in mind, just the unknown needing to be known and experienced, things to be seen. Not even because they were there, just a driving sense of curiosity, wonderment and adventurous play. Seeing things for the first time, looking over things, under things, around things, looking at things upside down, being startled and in awe by the unexpected and un-thought of. Building your own boats, forts, cars, tanks, planes, trains, puddle canals, bridges, doing all sorts of role playing, imagining yourself as this or that.
That said, some people are quite happy and content to see and do the same things every day for the rest of their lives.
But I think it's the same sense of wonder at the world that drives the circumnavigators among us, the seekers and discoverers, the barrier breakers. As someone mentioned, there are different kinds of circumnavigators - some do the nonstop, some do the X number of years cruise, others do the open-ended voyaging. Some do it with big bucks and big boats, some do it hungry with small boats. Some end up broke and having to abandon their boats.
Is it "worth" it or can some of us afford not to? To me it's like asking what's the point of building spaceships and exploring space, some will always see it as a waste of money and will never understand, asking why we bother talking about it.